The Last Supper
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden
“After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.’ His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant.” John 13:21-22
Recently I had the opportunity to view The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. I have always known about this famous painting, but never quite understood what all the hype was about. After taking a twenty-minute tour and having the painting explained to me, I must admit, I have a far greater appreciation for this work of art.
da Vinci finished painting The Last Supper in 1498 on the wall of the rectory of the
As this painting was being explained, I couldn’t help thinking which reaction I may have had that evening. If I had been sitting at the table with Jesus, would I have wanted to spring into action and defend the Lord? Would I question my own loyalty? Or would I be somewhere in between shock, denial or defiance? Staring at the painting, I found myself praying that the Lord would continue to strengthen my faith.
On His last evening before the crucifixion, Jesus broke bread with His closest friends, one of whom later betrayed him and another, Peter, who would deny Him three times. Yet He loved each one of them, even though He knew what would happen and how they would hurt Him. An important reminder today is that He loves you in the same way, unconditionally. He simply asks that you be like Peter, admitting your shortcomings and never letting go of your faith and love for Him.
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1. How do you think you would have responded when Jesus said that one of His disciples would betray Him, had you been one of them, at the last supper?
2. How have you betrayed, denied or abandoned Jesus? Ask Him for forgiveness and give thanks that He loves and forgives.
Matthew 6:12-15; John 13:31-38; Luke 23:32-43
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